On the Trail of the JFK Assassins
Was Jack Ruby Programmed, Too?
And just as Oswald seemed to not be in a normal state of mind, Jack Ruby seemed to be unusually agitated by merely the very sight of Oswald. Ruby may have been specially programmed to act as a "street sweeper," tossing away Oswald since he had served his purpose and was now disposable.
Another report, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune on November 27, 1963, had this to say: "One of the more startling TV interviews over the long weekend involved one Bill DeMarr, who was doing a mental act at Jack Ruby's Carousel night club. DeMarr was sure Lee Harvey Oswald was in the club's audience a few nights before and volunteered to help in the act. The FBI hurried over to quiz DeMarr, but no more has been heard of this added bizarre angle." (Thirteen years later, another Carousel employee, Wally Weston—who had first discounted DeMarr's story—claimed that Oswald had indeed been in the club "at least twice" before the assassination.)
Ruby, a known associate of both the police and the mob, was ubiquitous in the post-assassination scene. When D.A. Henry Wade informed reporters that Oswald belonged to the Free Cuba Committee, an anti-Castro organization, it was Ruby who corrected the statement to be Fair Play for Cuba Committee.
Ruby's roommate, George Senator, observed that "the way he talked" seemed very strange on the morning of Sunday, November 24. "He was even mumbling, which I didn't understand," Senator would tell the Warren Commission. "His lips were going. What he was jabbering, I don't know." Watching Ruby get dressed, Senator felt that "he sure had a moody and very faraway look to me. It was a look that I had never seen before on him."
One of Ruby's strippers, Karen Carlin, spoke to her boss that morning on the phone. "I had to keep saying, 'Jack, Jack, are you there?' and he would say, 'Yes.'"
Shortly before 11 o'clock that morning, Ruby left his apartment, casually joined a crowd of policemen and reporters in the basement, and as the accused assassin was led into the piercing glare of TV lights toward a waiting car, cried out "Oswald!" and pumped a single deadly bullet into his abdomen.
Taken to the same jail cell vacated by Oswald early that morning, Ruby asked the police: "What happened?" From that point on, he exhibited an inability to recall his shooting of Oswald with any clarity. Don Roy Archer, the detective charged with placing Ruby in jail, would remember:
His behavior to begin with was very hyper. He was sweating profusely. I could see his heart beating. We had stripped him down for security purposes. He asked me for one of my cigarettes. I gave him a cigarette. Finally, after about two hours had elapsed, the head of the Secret Service came up and I conferred with him and he told me that Oswald had died.
This should have shocked [Ruby] because it would mean the death penalty. I returned and said, 'Jack, it looks like it's going to be the electric chair for you.' Instead of being shocked, he became calm, he quit sweating, his heart slowed down. I asked him if he wanted a cigarette and he advised me he didn't smoke. I was just astonished at this complete difference of behavior from what I had expected. I would say his life had depended on him getting Oswald.
Ruby's first attorney, Joe Tonahill, told biographer Seth Kantor that "Ruby could have been used by others. It wouldn't have been any problem to reach in and get Ruby to do something like this, through the power of suggestion, through innuendo, without Ruby even realizing it."
An unsigned psychiatric report dated December 27, 1963, stated: "There seems to be no feeling of guilt whatever on the patient's part about the slaying of Oswald. He seems to feel that it was some agent outside of himself that carried out the act."
Before the 52-year-old Ruby was convicted of murder on March 14, 1964, a number of psychiatrists offered their expert diagnoses of his medical condition. In his report, Dr. Walter Bromberg stated that Ruby seemed "preset to be a fighter, to attack," and added: "Definitely there is a block to his thinking which is no part of his original mental endowment."
Dr. Roy Schafer of Yale testified at the trial that Ruby "appears to feel not altogether in control of his body actions, as if they occur independently of his conscious will at times."
A leading criminal psychologist, Dr. Manfred Guttmacher, testified that he believed Ruby's brain had been "damaged," but he could not figure out exactly how. At the time of the shooting, Guttmacher believed that Ruby had suffered a "functional psychosis." Asked by Assistant D.A. Alexander whether by that he meant "a psychotic condition for which there is no known organic cause," Guttmacher responded, "Yes."
Lee Harvey Oswald. Luis Castillo. Jack Ruby. Each man entered a type of fugue state, markedly different from their normal personalities, and became fixated on a certain idea or image. Each one showed signs of having been hypnotized—or the victim of a similar type of behavior modification—and professed ignorance as to their own actions of mere moments before. That the CIA experimented with mind control, hypnotism and behavior modification on its own citizens is a matter of historical fact, but the smoking gun that links MK ULTRA to Oswald, Castillo and Ruby is still out there somewhere, waiting to be found.